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Feb 2, 2013 7:00am EST
is real. the chance to innovate is exciting. but even as we work to modernize our economy and set a new course toward a brighter economic future, we must address the consequences of the prolonged economic downturn. last month i announced that nevada would comply with the provisions of the affordable care act as they related to the expansion of medicaid services. as a result, some 78,000 more nevadans will now have coverage without facing the new tax penalties imposed by the affordable care act. [applause] the federal law allows us to shift mental health and other state spending to medicaid sources, saving the general fund nearly $25 million over the biennium. over the next six years, this comprehensive approach will create up to 8,000 new health care jobs and inject over a half billion dollars into our state's economy. and, as i've noted before, we must reduce taxes on businesses to help them bear the increased costs of the affordable care act. but the issue of long-term health care costs remain. as such, i believe we must ask certain medicaid patients to make a modest contribution towa
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